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    • 1 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Birmingham Botanical Gardens (2612 Lane Park Rd Birmingham, AL 35223)

    Save the Date! 


    Join us for our 2023 Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri) at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! With Japanese cultural activities as well as musical performances and martial arts demonstrations, you’ll have the whole day to experience Japanese culture! This is a free, family-friendly event.

    !Please note parking will be available only at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens this year. We encourage you to carpool!


    10:00 – 10:30 Opening Ceremony

    - Remarks from Japan-America Society of Alabama, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, City of Birmingham, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta

    10:45 – 11:15 Briarwood Japanese Children’s Club Performance

    11:30 – 12:00 Shinkendo of Birmingham

    12:15 – 12:45 LeRon Harrison Gagaku Music Performance

    1:15 – 2:00 Daikin Taiko Force

    2:30 – 3:15 Hiroya Tsukamoto

    3:30 – 4:00 Closing Remarks

    Guests and Activities

    Alabama Bonsai Society, Asha Kiran, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Quilter's Guild, Briarwood Japanese Children's Club, Calligraphy, Chiharu Roach, Civil Stoneware, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta, Consul Daikin Taiko Force, Glitter Critter Studios, Hiroya Tsukamoto, Holbein Pottery, Hometown Supermarket, Japan-America Society of Alabama, LeRon Harrison, Nori Thai and Sushi, Origami, PaperWorkers Local, Shinkendo of Birmingham, UAB Japanese Culture Club, Urasenke Birmingham Association

    • 15 Apr 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Shoal Creek Country Club

    The Birmingham Doll Club’s luncheon will take place on Saturday April 15 at 11 a.m. at Shoal Creek Country Club!

    Come for a fun get together-

    A 6” souvenir doll by acclaimed doll artist, Connie Tognoli!

    A talk on the Japanese Friendship dolls by expert Alan Scott Pate!

    A visit from Alabama’s Friendship doll, Miss Iwate!

    A delicious lunch!

    Contact Billye Currie - for registration.

    Deadline: April 7, 2023

    Cost: $100

Kayoubikai (火曜日会)is our monthly outing to a local Japanese restaurant. Held on one Tuesday of every month, Kayoubikai is an opportunity to meet new friends with similar interests, practice Japanese, and stay connected with other JASA members. While membership is not mandatory to attend the event, we encourage registering for individual membership to support JASA and stay involved with our events!

Each year, the Japan-America Society of Alabama hosts a special reception and fundraiser to allow our members and guests from all over Alabama to gather, network, and dine with a special program to celebrate the JASA community. Our Annual Celebration Dinner and Business Forum returned in October, 2022 and we are planning our next Annual Celebration Dinner in November, 2023! View more information about the event here.  

Each year, we celebrate with food, crafts, performances, and other activities at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Japanese Garden to welcome the Spring. Join us in April 2023 for Hanami (flower viewing) in Birmingham! Cherry Blossoms, or sakura (桜、さくら), only bloom for a few weeks each year.  In Japanese culture, sakura represent mortality and remind viewers of the beauty and transience of life. Thousands of people flock to parks in Japan to see the blossoms. Come see our Birmingham cherry trees while they are in bloom!

Our next Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on April 1, 2023! We hope to see you there!

For pictures from previous years, please visit our photo gallery here. Do you have pictures you'd like to submit? Email them to!

Contact Us

Tel: +1 (205) 703-0960

2081 Columbiana Rd #10

Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

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